WCSG Local News Archives

Woman allegedly driving while intoxicated, crashes into Walgreens store

(Mlive)-- Police believe a woman was driving while intoxicated when she crashed into a Walgreens Pharmacy building Thursday night near 68th Street SW and South Division Avenue.

Kent County sheriff'...

Job fairs looking to fill local positions.

Looking for a job?

A couple more job fairs are scheduled for this week.

Wednesday the Walmart in Kentwood held a job fair to fill positions for a new store that is coming to Wyoming on 54th Street. ...

Michigan approves 3 projects adding 881 new jobs

LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan has OK'd three economic development projects estimated to add 881 jobs and $350 million in investment.

Projects approved Tuesday by the Michigan Strategic Fund include...

13-year-old fatally shot in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 13-year-old boy has been fatally shot in Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo Public Safety says officers responded shortly after 7 p.m. Monday to a report of a shooting...

Search for missing woman in Kimball Lake

(Mlive)– The search for a missing woman in Kimball Lake was called off shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday and will resume Monday morning.

Rescue crews searched into the evening Sunday, May 25 for a woma...

Holland Teen Dies After Jumping Into Frigid Lake Michigan

A Holland area teen died yesterday evening after jumping into Lake Michigan.

Investigators say it appears the teen was with friends on a pier when he jumped into the cold water at Holland State P...

Burglary Ring Broken - Could Solve Almost Two Dozen Crimes

Kent County authorities believe they’ve broken a major crime case involving stolen automobile parts.

Kent County UnderSheriff John Hess tells us it accounts for about 20 cases ranging from Hast...

Library workers in Grand Rapids protest cut plans

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Library workers in Grand Rapids say plans to cut 18 jobs this summer will mean less service for area residents.

Union members protested Tuesday in front of the Grand Ra...

City High Middle School gets high marks

Grand Rapids City High Middle School has been ranked the 21st most challenging high school in the Midwest by The Washington Post. It is ranked the 4th most challenging in the state and is among the t...

Grand Rapids man, 42, killed on way to motorcycle gathering in Baldwin

(Mlive)— Authorities say a Grand Rapids man died this weekend in a motorcycle crash while en route to a motorcycle club gathering in Northern Michigan.

Matthew Michael Denney, 42, of Grand Rapids...

More Rite Aid stores get bomb threats

Authorities were called after a bomb threat was made to a Paw Paw Rite Aid on Thursday. A man called the store and instructed that money be loaded onto a Green Dot prepaid money car or he would blow ...

School delays as police look for armed man

A number of Greenville area schools were delayed by 2 hours this morning as police were searching for an armed man in the woods near the middle and high school. The incident began when a neighbor cal...

Glitch leads to some double tax refund checks

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Officials say a computer glitch is responsible for 73 Grand Rapids residents getting two income tax refund checks from the city instead of one.

One of the 73 people cam...

3 students hurt when lightning strikes school

GREENVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Three eighth-graders at a western Michigan school were injured after the building was struck by lightning.

Nine students, in all, were shocked about 8 a.m. Monday at Grat...

Kalamazoo holds "Bring Back Our Girls" event

A rally was held Sunday in Kalamazoo to show support for the hundreds of Nigerian girls kidnapped from their school and threatened to be sold into slavery. The group gathered at Bronson Park for the ...

Kalamazoo officer kills dog after it bites his leg

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Kalamazoo police say an officer fatally shot a dog after it bit his leg.

According to a news release sent by the city's public safety department, the pit bull charged and ...

Grand Rapids counselor, 71, dies in hit-and-run crash in Tennessee

(Mlive)- A longtime Grand Rapids counselor died Tuesday in a hit-and-run crash in Nashville, Tenn., police said.

Allen Hoogewind, 71, had exited a Metropolitan Transit Authority bus with a co-worke...

Most community residents said YES at the polls Tuesday

(Mlive)-- Voters in Grand Rapids headed to the polls Tuesday, May 6, to weigh in on a 15-year city income tax request that would pay for repair of "vital" streets while residents of 10 area school dis...

Improvements planned for western Michigan trails

WALKER, Mich. (AP) — Improvements are planned this summer for two popular recreational trails in western Michigan.

Work is slated for completion by fall on a stretch of the Fred Meijer Pioneer Trai...

SS Badger gets new system to reduce coal ash

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — The historic SS Badger carferry opens its season May 16 with new combustion controls that will enable it to burn coal more efficiently, which should mean less coal ash produc...

Ionia County authorities look into fatal shooting

(mlive)— A man is dead after shooting at police following a domestic violence incident that escalated into a police chase through West Michigan.

Michigan State Police troopers did not identify th...

Funeral scheduled for slain basketball player

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Funeral services are to be held at Muskegon Heights High School for a star basketball player slain during a drive-by shooting.

Marquis Gresham was shot to death Apr...

Man convicted of child trafficking in Grand Rapids

A Grand Rapids man will spend several years in prison for his involvement in sex trafficking in West Michigan. Eddie Jackson was convicted on 3 counts for recruiting teen girls with troubled backgrou...

Holland area groups looks to hault new truck stop

A Holland area group is taking legal action in an effort to stop a proposed truck stop from being built. The proposed Love's Travel Stop would be located on Adams Street near I-196. The city approved...

Autopsy confirms body is that of missing man

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — An autopsy has confirmed that a recovered body is that of a man who disappeared earlier this month at a Kalamazoo lake.

Police said in a release Monday that the body disco...

Mosaica out as manager of Muskegon Heights charter schools; new firm being sought

Mlive - MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI -- Mosaica Education Inc. will no longer manage the Muskegon Heights charter school district, and plans will begin immediately to seek a replacement company.

The Muskeg...

Doctor killed in Afghanistan has Michigan ties

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — An American doctor killed in Afghanistan went to medical school in Detroit and has a son who is a Grand Rapids police officer.

Doctor Jerry Umanos of Chicago was among ...

Drive-by shooting kills 17-year-old

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 17-year-old high school basketball player has died following a drive-by shooting in the western Michigan community of Muskegon Heights.

Police say...

Utility says it's committed to plant site reuse

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Officials with Consumers Energy said they're committed to helping find a new use for the site of a coal-fired power plant in western Michigan that's scheduled to close in two ...

Cheney talks heart health during visit to Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Dick Cheney said during a visit to Grand Rapids that he's "enormously grateful" to the donor who supplied the heart used in a transplant procedure performed on the former ...

Cheney to visit Grand Rapids, talk heart problems

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney plans to visit Grand Rapids with his cardiologist to discuss Cheney's history of heart problems.

Cheney and cardiologist Jonathan Rein...

Michigan prisoner who escaped scheduled for court

IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A man who escaped from a Michigan prison in February is due in court next week to face escape, carjacking and kidnapping charges.

Records show 41-year-old Michael Elliot is to...

Man fatally shot at Kalamazoo sports bar

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Police say a 23-year-old man has been fatally shot at a Kalamazoo sports bar.

Kalamazoo Public Safety says officers responded about 1:30 a.m. Thursday to Wayside West afte...

2 dead in crash with wrong-way driver

PLAINWELL, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two people are dead following a crash involving a wrong-way driver on an Allegan County roadway after sheriff's deputies tried to stop the motorist.

The cr...

Convicted murderer of Michigan state trooper on life support

Mlive -- Eric John Knysz, the convicted murderer of Michigan State Police Trooper Paul K. Butterfield II, has attempted suicide and is “on a ventilator at this time,” First Lt. Chris McIntire of t...

Grand Haven A.D. lost fight with cancer

Grand Haven Public Schools Athletic Director, Robin Bye, passed away on Saturday. He had been battling cancer and was 56-year-old.

Bye had been with the school system for 34 years.

A crisis team wi...

Father of Michigan sextuplets dies at age 39

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — The father of Michigan's first surviving set of sextuplets has died at age 39.

A relative says Ben Van Houten suffered a heart attack Wednesday night after setting up a tram...

Ex-first lady Rosalynn Carter honors Betty Ford

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Rosalynn Carter called fellow former first lady Betty Ford a "role model" during a visit to Grand Rapids on what would have been the late Mrs. Ford's 96th birthday.

WXM...

State Closes Day Care

PORTLAND, Mich. (AP) — An in-home day care in Ionia County has been shut down after a 5-month-old died last year after being put to sleep in an adult bed.

The state found owner Diane Hillis viola...

Former First Lady in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Rosalynn Carter is scheduled to visit Grand Rapids to honor the 96th anniversary of the birth of fellow former first lady Betty Ford. The Ford Presidential Foundation says...

Attempted Abduction of Teenage Girl in Battle Creek

Battle Creek authorities are looking into a reported attempted abduction this weekend.

Police say the 13 year old girl was walking her dog when she was approached by two men in a car.

The gi...

Body Found in Indiana: Police Won't Confirm it is Missing Kalamazoo Woman

PORTER, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say the body of a woman has been found in a northwestern Indiana lake near where they conducted a January search for a missing Michigan doctor.

Indiana State Polic...

Kalamazoo man, 56, missing after skiing onto lake

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Kalamazoo police say they think a missing 56-year-old man broke through the ice after going cross country skiing on a lake.

The Department of Public Safety says the Kalama...

Midpoint of 40 Days for Life

Grand Rapids is reaching the midpoint of the spring "40 Days For Life". For several days a peaceful prayer vigil has taken place in front of the Heritage Clinic on East Fulton Street. Several in the...

Missing school cash kept unlocked

KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police say they weren't able to figure out who took more than $20,000 from a Michigan high school because the cash was kept in two unlocked locations and was easily ...

Black children lag in overall well-being

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A report by a private foundation finds the well-being of Michigan's white children slightly below the national average while black children significantly lag the nation.

The...

Kalamazoo College increases tuition 4 percent

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Kalamazoo College says it plans to raise tuition by more than 4 percent next fall.

It's the third time in four years that the private, liberal arts college has increased t...

Pine Rest and Christian Counseling Center announce merger

(mlive)- Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services and the Christian Counseling Center announced their merger Thursday, March 27.

The transition will be completed by mid-May, under the agreement a...

City buying 50,000 sand bags in case of flooding

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Grand Rapids plans to buy another 50,000 sand bags to help better prepare for the potential for flooding.

City Manager Greg Sundstrom says the chance of a significant f...

How healthy is your county?

A new online report on an interactive website looks at a variety of health-related issues and ranks counties by comparing them to the rest of the state.

Ottawa County was ranked #1 in overall health...

Grand Rapids School Board to raise superintendent's salary

(mlive) - The Grand Rapids School Board on Monday, March 24, unanimously approved a raise for Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal that bumps up her annual salary from $165,000 to $198,000 over the n...

Police follow up on tips in case of missing woman

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (AP) — Police investigating the disappearance a woman from her job at a western Michigan gas station nearly 11 months ago say they're actively following up on leads, tips and ot...

Man gets 25-60 years for 1989 killing of neighbor

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 25 to 60 years in prison for the killing of an elderly Grand Rapids neighbor 25 years ago.

Sixty-year-old Michael Newkirk was in prison for ...

Student dies at Western Michigan dorm

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — An official says a Western Michigan University student has died at a dorm and she may have had a pre-existing medical condition.

The freshman died at Eicher Hall on the sc...

New big event coming to Grand Rapids in June

Village MotorSports is announcing details today, but they are helping to bring a big 5-day event to Grand Rapids this summer. The event will highlight classic cars and motorcycles and will be a fundr...

(Mlive)– Grand Rapids Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal was applauded for her leadership by school board members during her yearly evaluation on Monday, March 17, earning an overall "highly effe...

Connecting residents to jobs focus of conference

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to share ideas about connecting Michigan residents to jobs during a two-day conference with business, academic and government leaders.

The ...

Workers win trial over pay for putting on gear

ZEELAND, Mich. (AP) — A jury says a Michigan meatpacker violated federal law by not paying workers for putting on and taking off safety wear.

The case involves two dozen people who worked at a fo...

Jay Leno raises money for LaughFest

Gilda's LaughFest event continues for a few more days. Last night's headlining event was with Jay Leno. He performed at DeVos Place before a crowd of more than 2,000 for the festival of laughter. Le...

Hiring Our Heroes event Thursday in Wyoming

A job fair targeting U.S. military veterans is scheduled to take place Thursday, 3/13/14, at the Wyoming National Guard Armory on 44th Street.

The Hiring Our Heroes event will be held from 10 a.m. to...